A very thoughtful piece in The Atlantic by James McWilliams that manages to break new ground on the subject of factory farming. It looks into the question of how people can own these facilities and appear outwardly untroubled:
True, even without subsidies, there might indeed be economic advantages to raising animals under intensive conditions. But we should never fail to overlook the psychological implications of something as emotionally charged as killing animals for food. And when it comes to this endeavor, scale and density of production accomplishes something essential for all factory farming: it severs the emotional bond between farmers and animals. In the bluntest terms, it allows my friend Bill to kill thousands of animals a year and remain a happy person.